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Roman aureus Augustus

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This aureus is a replica of originals that were minted during the reign of emperor August.  

Imperator Caesar Augustus was one of the first and best emperors of the Roman Empire. He reigned between 27 BC and 14 AD and conducted a wide range of revolutionary changes in the Roman Empire. He reformed the army and turned it into a professional army. August is often seen as the ultimate example of a good Roman emperor.

The Roman aureus was first minted during Sulla's reign in 85 BC. During the reign of Julius Caesar, the aureus was fixed at a value of 1/40 of a Roman pound: 8 grams of gold. Some later emperors brought the weight down somewhat. This resulted in extra gold for the treasury, but caused inflation. The aureus consisted for approx. 99% of gold. The worth of the Aureus was approx. 25 denarii, 100 sestertii or 400 asses. During the 3rd century AD the denarius had so significantly been devaluated that one aureus was worth 800 denarii.

This aureus is made of gilded pewter.

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